What is coated aspirin good for?
Enteric-coated aspirin is designed to resist dissolving and being absorbed in the stomach.
As such, enteric-coated aspirin passes into the small intestine, where it’s absorbed into the bloodstream.
The purported goal is to prevent stomach ulcers and bleeding that can sometimes occur with aspirin use..
What does coated aspirin mean?
The safety (or “enteric”) coating on Ecotrin® aspirin prevents the aspirin from dissolving in the stomach. Instead, it is designed to pass through the stomach and dissolve in the small intestine, where most nutrients and drugs are absorbed anyway. Thus, the stomach lining is protected from irritation.
Is coated aspirin the same as buffered aspirin?
Enteric-coated aspirin is specially designed to dissolve more slowly to avoid stomach upset. Buffered aspirin contains antacids to neutralize the acid in your stomach that causes upset. Read the label to make sure you are taking the appropriate product.
Is it OK to chew coated aspirin?
“You need that anti-clotting effect in your bloodstream as quickly as possible. If you have uncoated aspirin, that’s best. If not, take a coated aspirin. But remember: Chew it, don’t swallow it.”
Is coated aspirin good for your heart?
Coated aspirin may be less potent than plain aspirin, a new study shows. Doctors have long advised heart patients about aspirin therapy – telling them to take a daily baby aspirin to cut heart attack or stroke risk. A small dose of daily aspirin can reduce the blood’s ability to clot and cause these events.
How can I protect my stomach from aspirin?
Taking aspirin with food may help; so do drugs to treat heartburn, which help protect your stomach. These include simple antacids like Tums, acid blockers like famotidine (Pepcid, Fluxid, generic), or proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as omeprazole (Prilosec, Zegerid, generic).